Packing a suitcase for a winter getaway to New York City is a balancing act. Weather-wise, you just never know what you’re going to get in the Big Apple. Even in mid-December, it is not out of the ordinary to step out of your hotel and into a gorgeous 60-degree day. However, you could just as easily find yourself in the middle of a snow storm.
And yet, the weather conditions don’t change the fact that you have Broadway shows to see, shopping to do and reservations to keep. So how do you make sure you’re prepared? The magic word is versatility. You want to choose clothing that can be worn in multiple ways and can easily be transformed to match any occasion.
Looking for a few ideas? Here are two outfits you’ll definitely want to bring along for your upcoming trip to NYC:
The Anywhere Outfit
New York is the greatest city in the world because you can have many different kinds of experiences within the span of a single day. You can start with a casual brunch in Soho, head to 5th Avenue for some shopping, catch a performance of the Tony-award winning Jersey Boys on Broadway and then cap it off with sushi and cocktails at Tao just around the corner. So when planning your outfit, the trick is choosing something versatile that will look great no matter how far along you are on your itinerary. It’s important to remember that the general dress code for New York City is upscale casual.
A brightly colored turtleneck, dark skinny jeans and heeled ankle boots is a highly-adaptable combination that will fit in anywhere. On a cool day, add a light jacket with bohemian inspired fringe for a little extra warmth. It’s perfect for perusing the antique stores and specialty bookshops in Williamsburg. Use accessories like a leather clutch or an oversized watch to kick up the elegance factor. If the forecast is calling for rain or sub-freezing temps, layer on a chunky knit sweater and a classic wool peacoat.
The Sneaky Chic Outfit
No trip to NYC is complete without one elegant night on the town. Whether you’re catching an unforgettable performance of the New York City Ballet Company in Lincoln Square or working your way through the tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park, you’ll need to step up your style, even if the weather isn’t cooperating. The key is to keep it simple and let your accessories do the talking. The Embellished Armour Shift Dress from Dresshead is the perfect centerpiece for your posh look. It pairs perfectly with tights and a pair of Christian Louboutin So Kate suede pumps. And don’t forget to add a little vintage touch to the look with a ’60s-style gray wool mink coat and one (or two) herringbone mesh bracelets in gold.
Looking to make a statement? A Gucci wide-brim fedora is straight off the runway and is the perfect complement to a wide-range of looks. It even comes with the added benefit of protecting you from the elements. And no elegant winter look is complete without a pair of elbow-length fingerless gloves. It’s the best way to ward off the elements while maintaining your NYC-worthy style.